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    Bugs in Guniea Pig Pellets

    Hi,<br><br>I just found out that there were bugs in my guinea pig pellets. we buy them in (25 lbs) bags and then divide it into a smaller bin (about 1/3 the size). After cleaning there cage I noticed their pellets had little brown bugs in it and when i examined the bin they were there too. I don't know how long they have been there since the bugs are really small and I didn't see them until now. They were hiding at the very bottom to the bin (which is pretty big). The original bag doesn't seem to have any of the bugs in it. I just don't know if there is anything I should do now. They have seemed normal (besides some unrelated issues). I'm taking one of the pigs into the vet on Tuesday anyways so I will ask about this when there. But does anyone know what these bugs could be and if there is anything I should watch out for in case my guinea pigs get sick? Thanks for any advice you can offer.

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    Re: Bugs in Guniea Pig Pellets

    Can you find a picture of the bug online? I'd be worried that the containers aren't bug proof (obviously). I keep our food in the original small bags, but my dog and cats do use bug proof containers like Vittle Vaults. I'd also check the rest of your food.

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    Re: Bugs in Guniea Pig Pellets

    The containers that we are using right now aren't bug proof but we are going to get some different ones. I checked the rest of the food, the Pellets that were in the original bag and the hay didn't have any bugs. Here are some photos of the bugs:
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    Re: Bugs in Guniea Pig Pellets

    Impossible to tell what they are, but toss 'em. Don't feed the pigs anything you suspect bugs might have been into.

    Keep their bag separate and fill their bowls only from the bag for now. Definitely get bugproof containers, and make absolute certain there aren't any bugs in that bag. If there are, toss it too.

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    Re: Bugs in Guniea Pig Pellets

    When you separate the food into containers, can you put the containers in the refrigerator? That would keep the pellets fresh and bug-free.

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    Re: Bugs in Guniea Pig Pellets

    Sorry for the late response. We looked in the original pellet bag which was sealed pretty well and we found bugs in there to, but there were a lot less of them. We wound up just getting a new bag from the store until our large order arrives from amazon. Thanks everyone for the help!

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    Re: Bugs in Guniea Pig Pellets

    We could try that. I haven't heard of putting pet food in the fridge before but I don't see a reason why it shouldn't work. Although I have usually heard of them being kept in a dry place to avoid molding and the fridge might not be the best for that. We might try that though.

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    Re: Bugs in Guniea Pig Pellets

    Refrigerators are actually very drying.

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    Re: Bugs in Guniea Pig Pellets

    Oh cool! I didn't know that. I always just assumed it was the opposite. Thanks!

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